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Canon 5D Mark IV - Bracketing while using Intervalometer

Can you simultaneously use exposure bracketing while using the intervalometer on the Canon 5D Mark IV?  I will be photographing the total solar eclipse next month.  I want to set up interval shots (every 2-3 minutes) and bracket the exposures on each one.

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Re: Canon 5D Mark IV - Bracketing while using Intervalometer

Why bracket? You can get exact exposure values ahead of time.

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Re: Canon 5D Mark IV - Bracketing while using Intervalometer

Most experienced eclipse photographers recommend bracketing since the exposure is changing frofm first contact to totality. 

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I think you will have to buy one and try it. Since it seems to be simply a relay that closes the shutter contact, it should do whatever happens when you press the shutter button.

 

Here is where a cheap chinese copy might do better than the Canon version.

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Re: Canon 5D Mark IV - Bracketing while using Intervalometer

I actually have a TC-80N3 but I have not tried it with the 5D Mk IV yet.

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Try and report back, you can add something useful to the internet that google cannot find yet! 8^)

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Will do - thanks!

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Re: Canon 5D Mark IV - Bracketing while using Intervalometer

Here's how to do it ...

 

There are three settings that matter:

 

- Interval timer: I'm planning to shoot a bracket once per minute during the partial phases, so I'm setting the interval at 00:01:00, and the number of shots at 00 (unlimited).

- AEB: during the partial phase, I think I'll go with only three shots per bracket, spaced two stops apart.

- Self-Timer: this is the key. Instead of setting the drive to, say, high-speed continuous, you must set drive mode to 2-second self-timer.

I'm saving all my partial settings in C-1 (total eclipse settings are going into C-2).

 

The self-timer acts as an automatic trigger to start the bracket sequence. You will hear the self-timer warning beeps for two seconds, then the bracket will fire. This process will repeat every [interval].

 

Good luck. And good weather on Eclipse Day.

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Re: Canon 5D Mark IV - Bracketing while using Intervalometer

Thanks.  I will try that.  I have had limited success using a cheap knock-off remote interval timer but it sometimes doesn't work right.  I will try your suggestion and report back.

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Re: Canon 5D Mark IV - Bracketing while using Intervalometer

BostonShooter,

Thank you very much.  I tried using the 2 sec self-timer and was able to take all 7 bracketed shots at each interval trigger.  That did the trick.  I am also using the Custom settings.  If you are experienced in this sort of thing (eclipses), would you mind sharing your exposure settings for the Custom modes (C1, C2, C3)?  I plan to use all three Custom modes with one being for pre and post totality (Contact 1 to Contact 2 and Contact 3 to Contact 4), one being for totality, including Bailey's Beads and Diamond Ring (Contact 2 to Contact 3), and one being for the corona (Contact 2 to Contact 3).  I would be very interested in what you would recommend for apeture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc.  Thanks again!

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